Reunion Population 2022 (Live)

974,452
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The current population of Reunion is 974,452 based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2022 population at 974,052.

Reunion Growth Rate

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Reunion Population 2022 (Live)

Reunion Population Clock

Reunion Population (as of 9/18/2022)974,452
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2022)974,052
Births per Day8
Deaths per Day3
Migrations per Day
Net Change per Day5
Population Change Since Jan. 11,305

Components of Population Change

One birth every 180 minutes0%
One death every 480 minutes0%
One net migrant every Infinity minutes0%
Net gain of one person every 288 minutes0%

Reunion Population Clock

Name Population
Saint-Denis137,195
Saint-Paul99,307
Saint-Pierre76,655
Le Tampon69,986
Saint-Andre48,674
Saint-Louis47,881
Le Port40,771
Saint-Benoit35,310
Saint-Joseph33,694
Sainte-Marie31,636

Reunion Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
1955301,3583.87%120.5416144
1960365,9943.96%146.4015840
1965427,6123.16%171.0415937
1970473,9252.08%189.5715932
1975515,5861.70%206.2316035
1980551,6741.36%220.6716135
1985599,2991.67%239.7216135
1990658,9921.92%263.6016035
1995725,9781.96%290.3916035
2000785,4241.59%314.1715934
2005833,6561.20%333.4616231
2010890,1301.32%356.0516332
2015922,4950.72%369.0016234
2017932,7390.66%373.1016234
2018941,1870.91%376.4716233
2019949,4190.88%379.7716233
2020957,8220.89%383.1316232
2021966,1290.84%386.4516232
2022974,0520.87%389.6216232

Reunion Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
2025996,7430.80%398.7016233
20301,031,8220.69%412.7316233
20351,063,8290.61%425.5316233
20401,091,4030.51%436.5616333
20451,112,8200.39%445.1316434
20501,127,2520.26%450.9016435
20551,135,3410.14%454.1416435
20601,139,5330.07%455.8116336
20651,142,2270.05%456.8916237
20701,145,1070.05%458.0416237
20751,147,5000.04%459.0016237
20801,148,2150.01%459.2916135
20851,145,834-0.04%458.3316235
20901,139,338-0.11%455.7416035
20951,128,373-0.19%451.3515934
2023981,7960.85%392.7216233
2024989,3500.83%395.7416233

Reunion Population by Year (Projections)

Reunion Population Pyramid 2022

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Reunion Population by Age

There are 706,282 people over age 18 in Reunion.

Census Years

Year Date
199015 March 1990
19998 March 1999
20061 January 2006
20151 January 2015

Reunion Population Pyramid

Saint-Denis is the administrative capital of Réunion, and the most populous commune among all French overseas departments with a population of 150,000. Nearby Saint-Marie has a population of around 40,000. Saint-Paul has an estimated population of 105,000, followed by Saint-Pierre at 80,000.

Réunion Demographics

Réunion has great ethnic diversity, with groups of African, Indian, Malagasy, Chinese and European descent. All ethnic groups are from immigrants who came to the island from Africa, Asia and Europe over the last three hundred years, and there are no indigenous people. These groups married together very early, and the population today is mostly of mixed race.

The number of each ethnicity is unknown, as France bans ethnic censuses. Estimates place the white population at 25%, with Indians accounting for 25% and those of Chinese ancestry accounting for 3%. Those of Gujarati and South Indian origin account for the majority of Indians on Réunion. Creoles, which refers to people born on the island, regardless of ethnic identity, account for the majority of the population.

The most common religion is Roman Catholicism, although many also practice Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Chinese folk religion.

Réunion History

Réunion has little recorded history before the Portuguese arrived in the 15th century, although it was familiar to Arab traders. The arrival of Portuguese explorers in 1507 was the first European contact with the area, and it was uninhabited at the time. The island was named Santa Apolonia and remained untouched for about 100 years. It was then occupied and claimed for France in 1642, when Jacques Pronis deported French mutineers to the island. The convicts were later returned to France and the island was named Île Bourbon in 1649.

The name of Réunion was given in 1793, although it was temporarily named in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1801, and then again renamed Bourbon until the French Revolution of 1848.

From the 17th through the 19th century, French immigration, as well as an influx of African, Chinese and Indian immigrants, gave the island an ethnic mix. Most of the immigrants from outside of Europe were slaves prior to 1848, and then many were indentured workers afterward.

Between 1968 and 1982, about 1,600 children from the island were relocated to France. Réunion exile Jean-Jacques Martial brought legal action against a politician in 2002 for kidnapping and deportation of minors.

Reunion - General Info

  1. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames

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